Hiring a seasoned professional photographer is essential. Dani has over 32 years of experience as a professional photographer. Not only does she look for those candid moments, but her Jewish upbringing also helps her to understand those quintessential moments to capture.
1) hire a full-time professional photographer
You want to hire someone with the latest camera equipment that will be continuously maintained and know how to use it. Remember, there are no do-overs. Your photographer has one chance to take the right shot. Hobbyists are great, but do they know how to work with people and get it right the first time?
Investing in a professional photographer will ensure that you will have moments that can be cherished for forever.
2) hire a photographer you like
Not only do you need to feel good about your decision so you can be happy with the results, but your photographer will be with you for hours. Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s can be super fun but also very stressful. Your photographer needs to make your family and guests feel good about themselves so they look good in the pictures. Are they fun to be around? Also, be sure to allow your child to meet your photographer before the event. This allows them to be more at ease with the person that will be photographing them.
3) understand the photographer’s packages & print services
What is included in your package? Be sure to ask these important questions and consider what is included. Can albums and prints be added after the initial contract is completed? Will the photographer design the album for you? Can you come to them a year later to make prints? A professional photographer should always be able to help you for years to come. Having a personal connection with your photographer and enjoying working with them is extremely important to getting photos you actually like.
4) get some references
It’s always a good idea to look for reviews online as well as see previous families’ images on a photographer’s website.
5) cost shouldn’t be the only factor
When choosing your photographer, it’s not always about the cheapest pricing. Good quality printing may cost a little more, but having a beautiful professional print or well-designed album is essential. Trust your photographer to work with the highest quality professional labs and album companies. A great professional photographer calibrates all of your images to allow for the best color or black and white. All of your images should work well together in a finished album.
6) make sure the photographer has insurance
Be sure to hire a photographer that is insured and you have a signed contract. A professional will make sure that they have the proper insurance to keep both you and them protected.
7) know how your photos will be saved
Ask your photographer how they back up your photos. Are their images in the cloud? This is VERY important! You want to make sure your pictures are properly protected, just in case! Be sure to always make multiple back-ups on your own computer and in the cloud once you get the images back from your photographer.
get started with dani weiss photography
As you can see, these are all important questions to ask your photographer. Choosing the right photographer should make your day be less stressful and more fun. The expert team at Dani Weiss Photography has years of experience covering events, family photoshoots, and professional headshots.
If you’re ready to get started with your next photoshoot, contact us today. We can walk you through how to prepare and make sure you know what to expect before your next event.
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